15 of the best babycare tips from Pampers experts

March 13, 2012

I recently went to Pampers Premium Care function, where some experts shared their top babycare tips. I have always liked how Pampers take a holistic approach to babycare – ie it’s not just about the nappies, but rather about providing solid and useful babycare advice in general.

I thought I’d share some of the great advice that Pampers gave us on the day:


Parenting expert, Sister Lilian shares her 5 top tips for moms wishing to provide the best of the best skin protection for baby from birth:

Your skin reflects what you eat, Mom and so does baby skin, from the time in the womb when he shares your meals to when you breastfeed him that special meal derived from your diet! Go slow on allergenic foods, processed products and unhealthy treats

Get skincare off to the best start by treating infant skin gently from Day 1, by topping and tailing rather than bathing in the first week or two, not using too many cosmetic products and always using those tested as most natural and safe for babies

Help protect baby’s skin, especially if there are allergies in close family members, by breastfeeding for a prolonged time or using special substitute milks developed for those with allergy tendencies, not forgetting that skin rashes is one of the major symptoms of sensitivity to dietary intake

Mother Nature invented Rooibos, fresh air and sun in South Africa! Ensure that baby’s buttocks are exposed to fresh air for a while after each change and a few minutes of non-midday sun each day for glowing, healthy skin. Rooibos’ skin soothing properties are beneficial for babies of all ages – add a pot to bathwater to help relieve itching, dab on insect bites to soothe stings and place a cooled teabag on inflamed patches of buttock or other rash to aid healing

Do all you can to keep baby’s skin soft, smooth and dry – which is different from itchy and cracked dry! Achieve this in the nappy area (where babies are most prone to moisture and acid rashes) by choosing nappies that draw away fluid and soft poo, are made from fabric as soft as their own skin, allow skin to breathe through the fabric and fit like a second skin without disrupting movement or circulation


Paediatrician and father of two, Dr Hetan Hari shares his top 5 tips on how babies experience their worlds more intensely than adults when it comes to skin development.

As your baby grows and her nervous system develops, you will need to constantly find new, rewarding and challenging ways to keep her engaged

Encourage your baby to explore the world around them, this will allow them to experience various positive sensations, which are vital for development

Make sure that there is no dermatitis in the nappy area as this can be a negative sensation. Negative sensations can be distressing and distract baby from positive stimulations. To prevent nappy discomfort, these are my recommendations:

  • change nappies regularly to minimise irritant effects of urine and stools on skin
  • gentle wiping of nappy area with cotton wool/wipes when changing nappies
  • keep skin in nappy area as dry as possible
  • identify and treat nappy dermatitis as early as possible with barrier creams/pastes
  • secondary fungal infections may need special ointments to treat appropriately

When your baby is able to grip objects, provide a selection of textures for her to touch. Items like fluffy towels, and bumpy toys will help develop fine motor skills

Encourage your baby to explores their world by crawling, touching, smelling, seeing and hearing, which brings them into contact with new sensory experiences that directly shape the way in which their brain and nervous system grow and develop


Dermatologist, Dr Pholile Mpofo shares her top 5 tips on how parents can best protect baby’s skin to meet their very specific demands:

It is essential to keep the baby’s skin as dry as possible as hyperhydration is a trigger for chafing and inflammation

Strong harsh cleansers should be avoided. Neutral cleansers like emulsifying ointment are gentle to the skin, moisturizing the skin in addition to cleansing it

Well-researched superabsorbent nappies are preferred as it is almost impossible for mothers to change baby’s nappies ten to twelve times per day as recommended by researchers

Occlusive clothing like plastic water-proof pants should be avoided to limit the possibility of retention of fluid that leads to irritating hyperhydration

Nappies should not be too tight and occlusive but must be the correct size and have stretchy sides to prevent chafing and to provide greater absorbing capacity

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